July 4th, 2011, 18 Comments
It’s not very often that I watch a movie anymore. It’s been a few years since I’ve actually purchased one (normally I see them from Netflix). But yesterday I saw one that may change that. The Lives of Others is an incredible film set in the former East Germany (GDR/DDR) mostly in 1984. The authenticity [...]
February 19th, 2010, 27 Comments
In ancient Rome, the Imperial cult was the worship of the Roman emperor as a god. It came to be at roughly the same time as Christianity. In the cult of the emperor, Caesar was revered as a deity. According to Harvey Cox, “This was what we might today call a “civil religion” — it [...]
May 13th, 2008, 14 Comments
Imagine, for a moment, that you are a young man in your 20s, trying to make your way in the world. You are married and have a young daughter, just old enough to start to talk. You live in a run-down neighborhood, long passed-over by any economic advances. What schools you had access to barely [...]
May 17th, 2005, No Comments
Terah found a great item: a disappearing civil liberties mug. As the mug warms up, the text of the Bill of Rights gradually fades, except that of the 2nd amendment.
May 6th, 2005, 2 Comments
Check out the exciting news: “Because the Commission exceeded the scope of its delegated authority, we grant the petition for review, and reverse and vacate the Flag Order insofar as it requires demodulator products manufactured on or after July 1, 2005 to recognize and give effect to the broadcast flag.”
March 31st, 2005, 4 Comments
Thus far, I have avoided commenting on the Terry Shiavo case, but I feel that it is time to do so. First, the media has done an astoundingly poor job of covering this. For a very interesting, and needed, backgrounder, look here. I am amazed at how often the media portrays the case as hinging [...]
February 28th, 2005, No Comments
Grounded, a fascinating (if wordy) story about John Gilmore’s attempt to travel without having to produce a photo ID. I hope he wins this.
February 17th, 2005, No Comments
Bill gates recently gave an interview in which he said that people that opposed software patents, or other tightening of intellectual property laws, are “communists”. Richard M. Stallman has an amusing and elightening article, Bill Gates and other communists, in response. Favorite juicy quote: Thanks to Mr. Gates, we now know that an open Internet [...]
November 16th, 2004, No Comments
These sorts of things really tick me off. Wired is reporting that the U.S. House has passed HR2391, which, among other things, would make it a violation of the Copyright Act to skip commercials using a technological means (hardware or software) — and it makes it a violation to make the computer program that allows [...]
August 1st, 2003, No Comments
The Boston Globe has an interesting story about an exhibit in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art about works of art that have been found illegal.